Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If at first you don't quite fail, try, try again

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw this post coming.

February 14th, 11:11am: And I just ruined three cupcakes (no biggie) and a cupcake tin (biggie! Who does that?!?!?! THIS GIRL!!!). Dust off the ol' "disaster" tag.

Consider the disaster tag dusted, polished, and bronzed for the occasion.

Ugh. Observe.

Here are four of the recent cherry spice cake cupcakes. Notice how the one in the foreground is fine... nearly textbook. The three in the background? Charred. As in black. Let's... just...

Yeah... you can't smell the smoke and you can't tap on that rock hard cupcake bottom, but you can tell how epically burned those three cupcakes are, right?

Hmm... I can see some of you are still unconvinced. "Look at those golden tops," you might say. "Are you sure it isn't just a funky liner issue?" Well... I see your counterargument, but I'm going to quickly draw your attention back to the evidence.


Conclusion reached.

Soo... I've overbaked cupcakes before. I'll admit it. It happens. But... overbaked cupcakes don't look like this. No no, dear friends. This kind of disaster requires special skill and an extra step.

An extra step that I didn't realize I was taking until it was too late...

Since it was Valentine's Day and I was feeling festive, I made myself a decadent breakfast once the cupcakes were in the oven. And for once in my kitchen experience, my timing was perfect. My egg sandwich came together just a minute before the cupcakes needed to come out of the oven, and I was surprised and even pleased with myself. All smug, I pulled the perfect cupcakes out of the oven, set them on the stove (as I always do), and sat down to that amazing sandwich.

While three of my cupcakes continued to cook. (-_-)

Oh, but don't worry... the smell of smoke and failure alerted me to the disaster before the smoke alarm took notice.

**insert dramatic eye roll here**

So... di-sas-ter. To add insult to injury, I don't have a back-up cupcake tin, meaning that I don't actually have a horse to get back on.

Hmmm... any suggestions for how I should I bounce back? Any comfort recipes I've been missing all my life?


kmari03 said...

Oh...I have like 90 cupcake pans. I will send you home with some backups this weekend.

Also, I love that you did that. Epic. Makes those of us who fail like that all the time feel better.

Evan said...

I blame it on the stove. I mean, really, whose stove uses an empty circle to indicate which burner is on?

Kate said...

I mean, I know the idea of having a "signature" cupcake probably doesn't appeal to you. But you could borrow mine if you wanted : )

Liesl said...

OH MAN...that's a bummer, but a great story none-the-less!! ;o)

Amanda said...

kmari03: There you go trying to furnish my apartment again!

Evan: I'm down with that. I usually do my best to blame anyone/thing but myself. This time I gave in way too soon. Stove it is.

Kate: Done and done. One of these days I will make your signature cupcakes.

Liesl: I think down the road when I tell this story I'll add in firefighters and a window exit.

Me! said...

I would totally still use the pan.... you put a cupcake liner or a big spritz of baking spray in it anyway so it should be OK. it would be for me anyway :)

Ash said...

this looks like something I might do... although I haven't yet done this, but I am a constant dish towel burner. every time.

Like 'Me!' said, you could probably still use the pan.. even slightly charred.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Oh good lord! That's freakin hilarious. I mean, I'm sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but you just have such a witty way of putting it! ;)

Hmm comfort recipe... comfort recipe... These are pretty epic on the comfort scale (!

The Boob Nazi said...

I've totally done that with rolls before!

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